By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
South Dakota School of Mines
RAPID CITY --- The South Dakota School of Mines along with track and field and cross country head coach Jerry Schafer are pleased to announce the hiring of Steve Johnson as the newest full-time Hardrocker assistant coach.
“I am excited about having Steve on board. He brings a lot of versatility to the coaching staff,” Schafer said. “This is the first time I’ve ever had a full-time assistant.”
Johnson brings a wealth of experience to the new position. He most recently was an assistant coach at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. He’s also had stints in Lakewood, Wash., at Pierce College; in Tacoma, Wash., at University of Puget Sound; in University Place Wash., at Speed Tech; and in Pullman, Wash., at the Comets Track Club.
“Steve has an expertise in distance running,” Schafer said. “But he will also be working with our jumpers and javelin throwers. He has a lot of versatility in those events and it will be an asset for him to help coach. That was one of the driving forces in hiring him over other candidates.”
Being a full-time assistant, Johnson will also have an instrumental role in the recruiting of both cross country and track athletes. Recruiting was one of Johnson’s main duties at the University of Mary and should benefit the Hardrocker program by having him take a strong stance for SD Mines.
“Bigger is the goal. We want to boost the programs --- especially on the women’s side,” Johnson said. “Recruiting will help us to regain some of that competitiveness (in the conference) on both sides in track and field and cross country.”
“Steve has a strong background in recruiting,” Schafer said. “I anticipate he will hit the ground running and will help with the development of the Hardrocker program.”
Schafer added that another asset of Johnson is his education and knowledge in Movement Studies. Johnson has given many presentations and lectures on the subject at various running related events and conferences.
“Steve has a background in (Kinesiology),” Schafer said. “It gives him the ability to adapt training programs to individuals as well as groups.”
Johnson comes to Rapid City with his wife Simonne and two-month old baby boy Josh.
SDM running programs hire full time assistant The Hardrocker cross country season gets underway Sept. 12 with the SD Mines Invitational.
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